Our Graduate Gemologist, Graydon Gesner, selected this absolutely gorgeous Art Nouveau Pin of Cleopatra as his jewelry pick of the month.  He says, ” I love the fine workmanship of the enameling on her face which is so delicately and crisply finished.”

Pictured here is the Art Nouveau Pin of Cleopatra’s enameled face with her headpiece which features apx. .10ct. T.W. of single cut diamonds with VS-SI clarity and F color, as well as .07ct. T.W. of green demantoid garnets.  There is an asp around her neck with a single cut diamond on its head.  This 14k pin was made by the famous company Shreve & Co. in San Francisco. With the subtle attention to detail, this pin is a perfect example of the Art Nouveau era.







Henry Birks opened his first jewelry store in Montreal, Canada in 1879. His start up fund was $3,000. He went into partnership with his three sons, William, John and Gerald and changed his store name to Birks & Sons. He aggressively continued to add locations in Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver, as well as purchasing other local jewelry stores. He diversified into flatware and cut crystal later in his career. In November 2005, Henry Birks & Sons merged with Mayors Jewelry Group and continued their expansion into the United States and the UK. Birks & Sons is known as the Tiffany of Canada and is an older firm known for its very fine jewelry. 


The Duchess of Sussex (Meghan Markle) wore Birks, 18 karat yellow gold opal, earrings at the announcement of her engagement to Prince Harry and considers Birks as one of her favorite jewelry brands. She has added $20,000 worth of Birks jewelry items to her own personal collection of jewelry.


The attached photo is an example of a classic Birks Art Deco diamond solitaire engagement ring. It features a .33ct. Apx. European Cut diamond with SI1 clarity and G-H color. An added plus is that the head is crafted in 18 karat white gold while the shank is crafted in 14 karat yellow gold. The two tone display of color gives it a striking look. This diamond Antique engagement ring is timeless in its design! 





October 2018 Gemologist Jewelry Pick of the Month

by gesner12 on November 1, 2018

This month’s Gemologist jewelry Pick of the month is this fabulous Edwardian diamond antique engagement ring. Graydon Gesner selected this ring, as his favorite, because of the intricate filigree. Every part of this ring has been affected by the jeweler, including the embossing of the shank with floral designs.


This Edwardian diamond engagement ring features approx. .50 carat European Cut diamond with VS2 clarity and G/H color; wonderful clarity and color.  Additionally, the center diamond is accented with approx. .02 carat of Single Cut diamonds with VS1/VS2 clarity and G/H color. Notice the meticulous filigree and floral designs on the front and back sides of the ring mounting. Exceptional quality and attention to detail.





Gabriel Ofiesh Jewelry – 10ct. Aquamarine Estate Fashion Ring 18K Yellow Gold & Sterling Silver – J36507

October 26, 2018

Gabriel Ofiesh, based in Charlottesville, Virginia, works with a small staff of craftsmen who create and manufacture jewelry by hand.  “When I’m making a piece of jewelry, I think about rhythm and balance.  I also like unexpected details: things that move, flash, hide or surprise.  Using precious metal forms, fine gems and small diamonds, I […]

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.53ct. Diamond Platinum Antique Engagement Ring by S. Kind & Son

October 15, 2018

 S. Kind & Son started their business in a small room on Market Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1872. They were known to have crafted mountings with diamonds to order. Their 1902-1903 catalogs contained diamond rings, one carat selling for $140, as well as ruby, sapphire and emerald rings, bracelets, pendants and brooches. Gents signet […]

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